College of Education2013-2014

Department of Teaching and Learning

Applied Science - Early Childhood, Bachelor of Applied Science

If you have completed or will complete an associate degree from a community college, you may pursue this degree.

Our goal in offering the B.A.S. degree is to provide you with a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues and to advance your communication, computer, and quantitative skills. This degree also offers you the opportunity to complete a specialization that will broaden your career horizons, promote life-long learning, and enrich your life. Northern Arizona University offers this degree at selected campuses throughout Arizona.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Science - Early Childhood?

If you have earned any associate degree from a community college, our B.A.S. in Early Childhood Education might be the perfect way to continue your education. Our program provides you with the education and skills to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires all pre-school teachers affiliated with public schools to have bachelors' degrees by 2006. Our B.A.S. in Early Childhood Education is based on state and national education reforms and concentrates on educating you about the expanding specialized knowledge base concerning early childhood. This degree does not result in state certification.

Note: If you want to major in Early Childhood Education, you must apply and be accepted to the College of Education teacher education program in addition to being admitted to the university.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Preschool education
  • Early childhood education

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Preschool teacher
  • Childcare specialist
  • Librarian

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • 64-75 units in an associate's degree transfer block
  • At least 21 units of B.A.S. requirements
  • At least 21 units of early childhood specialization requirements
  • Be aware 16-20 units of liberal studies requirements will be satisfied by associate's degree transfer block
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Additional Admission Requirements Required
University Honors Program Optional
Progression Plan Link Not Available


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • To be admitted into a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) plan, you must have an associate's degree, either completed or in progress, at a regionally accredited institution and the associate's degree must be completed prior to the awarding of the B.A.S. degree.
    • You must apply and be accepted to the College of Education's teacher-education program in addition to being admitted to the university.
Liberal Studies Requirement
  • Northern Arizona University requires that you complete 35 units of liberal studies coursework. For this B.A.S. plan, we assume that you have already completed, as part of your associate's degree, the composition, mathematics, and lab science requirements as well as 3-6 additional units within the liberal studies requirements, totaling 16-20 units.

    You select the remaining 15-19 units in consultation with your advisor to help you meet your personal goals and ensure that these courses contribute to a coherent overall curriculum.
  • Please note:
    • You may use the same course to satisfy both a liberal studies and a B.A.S. requirement.
    • You may also include courses with the course prefixes used in the early childhood specialization to satisfy liberal studies requirements, but you may not use specific courses from your specialization.
Associate Degree Transfer Block
  • Northern Arizona University accepts a maximum block transfer of 64 units from your associate's degree program, you then take the remaining 56 units at Northern Arizona University to complete 120 units. (Please note that if you complete all core requirements, specialization, and liberal studies requirements in less than 56 units, you may take the remaining units from any courses offered by Northern Arizona University.)

    If you have been awarded an A.A.S. degree from an Arizona community college, Northern Arizona University will accept up to a maximum of 75 transfer units. In order to complete the B.A.S. within 120 total hours, an Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) needs to be included in the 75 units of transfer from the Arizona community college.

Major Requirements
  • B.A.S. Requirements (21 units)
    This coursework is designed to help you acquire a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues while advancing your professional communication, computer, and quantitative skills.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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